In Washington, DC, the battles lines are drawn as our system of checks and balances is tested while subpoenas are issued and ignored. The specter of impeachment dominates the news. Important domestic issues such as gun control, abortion and the environment go unaddressed. There is global political turmoil with economic and trade concerns. The nightmare at the southern border continues. The 2020 election looms. Electability vs. policy dominates the presidential primaries. We are living in head-spinning times. We try to make sense of it all, providing a forum for discussion of news focusing on Washington and beyond, empowering OLLI members to understand different perspectives on the federal government and other areas of national concern. In the first hour, we will engage in in-depth discussion of a major issue, such as immigration reform or income inequality. The second hour is devoted to current hot news stories selected by the class. This is a fast-paced study group. Students are expected to be (or become) keen observers of national news through a variety of sources. Reading assignments and topics will be distributed by email.
Differing points of view are respectfully welcomed.